US attorney general: 'Serious irregularities' at Epstein prison



WASHINGTON (dpa)- US Attorney General William Barr said there were "serious irregularities" at the prison where Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier and accused child sex trafficker, was found dead over the weekend in an apparent suicide.
Barr vowed that the Department of Justice will continue to pursue cases against anyone who allegedly helped Epstein commit crimes.




"Any co-conspirators should not rest easy. The victims deserve justice, and we will ensure they get it," Barr said on Monday in New Orleans, where he was speaking at a law enforcement event.
Barr said he was "angry" at the Manhattan jail's failure to "adequately secure" Epstein.
"We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and that demand a thorough investigation," Barr added.
Epstein, 66, was found unresponsive in his prison cell in New York early Saturday morning. He had been taken off suicide watch in the days prior to his death, having been placed under close supervision after what might have been an attempt to take his own life in July.
The financier had close ties to very rich and powerful people in the United States and beyond, including President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton, though both say they had not had contact with Epstein in many years and never witnessed any wrongdoing.
Epstein had pleaded guilty in 2008 in Florida to relatively minor child prostitution charges. He was given a 13-month sentence, though he did register as a sex offender.
He was arrested last month at an airport after returning from France, in light of dogged reporting by the Miami Herald newspaper into the 2008 plea deal.
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Monday, August 12th 2019
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